Taking a pregnancy test can feel overwhelming, especially when a pregnancy is unplanned.
We offer free pregnancy tests in a confidential, non-judgmental environment.
While many people feel they would like to be parents at some point in their lives, the timing of a pregnancy does not always coincide with our plans. It is estimated that 40% of all pregnancies are unplanned.
We are here to help you understand and explore all of your options, which includes evaluating the supports available to you. We understand that support is key for you and may include your family, our Centre and various other government and community programs. Our aim is to assist you in making a well-informed decision, one that you will be able to live with in the years to come. It is your pregnancy, your right to know, and your decision. We are committed to providing you with caring support, no matter what your decision.
The thought of being a parent can be overwhelming at any time, but especially if the news of your pregnancy is unexpected. Caring for a new life is a big responsibility but can also be one of life's most rewarding experiences. Choosing to parent provides the opportunity to experience the joy of becoming a mother or a father.
We will help you discuss the challenges that parenting will present for you, as well as help you evaluate your strengths, needs and the availability of support.
You can continue with your life plans without the responsibility of parenting, or experiencing the grief often associated with abortion. Your decision can be made anytime during your pregnancy or after the baby is born.
"Open" adoption allows you to be involved in choosing a family with the specific characteristics that you value. You may choose to place your child in the home of someone you know, or a family that has been pre-screened by an adoption agency and interviewed by you. Choosing an "open" adoption also means you can enjoy being a part of your child’s life by having visits or receiving regular updates on his or her growth and activities.
Choosing a "closed" adoption preserves your anonymity.
Choosing to place for adoption can be emotionally difficult. As with all the choices, a grieving process can be expected. We are here to help you explore whether adoption is the best choice for you and, if you so choose, support you throughout the adoption journey, for as long as you need.
Adoption Options is one of many resources in the Bow Corridor that provide adoption services.
There are various abortion procedures available, depending upon the stage of pregnancy. 90% of abortions in Canada are performed in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, thereby avoiding additional risks associated with later term abortion. The Canadian Medical Association discourages abortions after 20 weeks gestation. Medically, abortion is considered to be a safe procedure in Canada. As with any medical procedure, there are potential physical risks to consider.
Emotional responses to abortion vary and may depend upon a woman’s age, the stage of pregnancy, previous mental health, religious or cultural beliefs and whether she experienced pressure to have the abortion. Some women express that they feel a sense of relief immediately following an abortion. Strong, negative emotions can be experienced, either immediately or in later years.